Wedding Favours: How important are they, really?

 My mind has been on wedding favours lately.

The main train of thought being, how important are they, really?

Usually wedding favours are very small, very simple things, that quite honestly end up being tossed out or tucked away never to be seen or used again. Am I right? In the case of candy or chocolate favours, they get gobbled up and then they’re gone. I don’t think people will base their thoughts on your wedding around what the wedding favours were and I’ve been wondering how expendable they are.

Wedding Favour Candies.Photo courtesy:

For such a small take-away item, the cost for wedding favours adds up. At $5 a favour, which I believe would be on the more costly side, you’d be dropping $1,000 on the favours for a wedding of 200 (which is our maximum number of guests we’d like to have at our wedding). A thousand bucks for candy or an ornament no one will use seems a bit silly to me! And yes, you can get like 30 cent, 50 cent, etc. favours, but then it’s like, how crappy or tacky would they be at that price?

Wedding favour shot glasses. Photo Courtesy:

I did an unofficial control room poll at work on Saturday featuring three men of varying age ranges lol, who all asked “What are wedding favours?” in response to my “do you guys think wedding favours are important?” question. See. Unnecessary expense that no one really cares about! (based on 3 people’s opinions lol).

The way I also figure it is that we’re renting a photobooth for sure. Therefore our guests will be able to take unlimited photobooth photos home with them! That in itself I feel counts as wedding favours! And wedding favours that people will actually enjoy and actually keep – because who doesn’t like looking at, showing others, and keeping photos of themselves? Especially in cute photobooth form.

Photobooth Wedding Favours! Photo courtesy:

So fun right? :) I’m leaning towards scrapping random wedding favours and just making the photobooth pictures everyone can take home the wedding favours. Fair? I think so! It would save us up to $1,000!!! That’s huge…

But Mike says we have to at least leave some chocolates on the table for guests, which in that case I would opt for Hershey’s Hugs & Kisses. I am not a huge fan of chocolate but Hershey’s Hugs & Kisses are one of my favourites. And I think we would be able to get them in bulk for a pretty reasonable price.

Hershey's Hugs & Kisses. Photo Courtesy:

But then can you just leave the kisses scattered on the table like that? Or would we need to put it in some pretty wedding-type of packaging? In that case while the chocolates might be cheap, we’d have to shell out a bit more for the packaging which would bring us back to that $1,000 for wedding favours number…

Fancy wedding packaging for Hersheys Favours. Photo courtesy:

But what do you think? Do you even care about wedding favours? Have you kept any you’ve gotten at weddings you’ve been to? Would having favours or not (or having bad ones) make or break a wedding? Would you be unimpressed?! Would you consider photobooth pictures a decent wedding favour?

Do you think I’m being cheap? We’re going to have to find areas to cut costs in this wedding and I just feel like the favours could be one of those areas.

Let me know what you think! :)

– Linda


  • February 19, 2012 - 7:22 pm | Permalink

    If you’re going to have wedding favours, then you have to do it right. Not something like just mints or chocolates that won’t even survive on the way out of the parking lot of the reception hall, but something that will last potentially forever.

    An ornament of some kind with your names and the date on it that people can display on a mantle, or in a cabinet or on a shelf. Something with staying power.

    After all your marriage is supposed to last forever, not be fleeting. Shouldn’t a momento of your nuptuals have a similar lasting effect?

    Peter Anthony Holder

  • Allie
    February 19, 2012 - 8:13 pm | Permalink


    Mike and I went to two weddings last year – 1 had favors and the other did not. The first couple gave out a little plastic box tied with a ribbon that had glass coasters in it, all with a fancy pattern and the word “LOVE” down the side. The ribbon did not have the date of the wedding or the name of the couple but it was something practical that could be used again. The second couple did not have any favors but they used that extra money to put towards the food, flowers, music, etc. and because the reception was so nice I don’t think anyone minded. If it’s between you saving $1000 and giving someone something small to take away then I think saving the money is more important, especially since you have the photobooth already! People will have a great experience and memories to take away from the day and you will be saving money!



  • Jessica C
    February 20, 2012 - 9:18 pm | Permalink

    Wedding favours are a must for every wedding, it is a way of you saying “thank you” to all your guests for attending. I agree with Peter in that if you are doing a wedding favour it should be done properly. However, I am not against the idea of chocolates; I actually prefer chocolates or something edible over something useless and more costly. If you are doing hershey’s kisses they should be packaged nicely, especially if your theme is an “elegant” wedding, there is nothing really elegant about a bunch of hersheys kisses thrown on the table. If you are looking to cut costs, you can do it yourself..Michael’s and other craft stores, even Dollarama have wedding favor kits. There are many cost-saving alternatives when doing wedding favors, you just need to explore the options.

  • Alexander T
    March 15, 2012 - 7:12 pm | Permalink

    I disagree with the idea of wedding favours. A wedding is about celebrating you and you shouldn’t have to give out wedding favours as a bribe to friends and family to come to your wedding. I have been to tons of weddings and I don’t recall a single wedding favour.

  • Liann
    March 15, 2012 - 8:14 pm | Permalink

    its your wedding you should do what you want not what other people think you should do. Wedding favours are nice but not a must, if your having a table set up with a guest book you could always just put a large bowl or kisses for people to help themselves to then you save on packaging :)

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